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Sunstone Chapel launched in September 2020 as a small,  private practice in which Ebony lived into her lay community ministry.  She primarily provided guest preaching, trainings/talks, and community service.

Now, in 2024 this ministry has expanded to include a Chaplain of Operations and Engagement, a Community Assistant, and a growing team of religious professionals.


𝗘𝗯𝗼𝗻𝘆 𝗖. 𝗣𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗲, 𝗦𝗣𝗛𝗥 is a Lay Community Minister in private practice through her ministry, Sunstone Chapel. Here, she focuses on (1) workplace justice, (2) worship arts, and (3) leadership development. She is a certified senior professional in human resources, clinical sociologist, adult Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality education facilitator, and former Special Advisor to the Board of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Community Ministries.


As part of her community ministry, she serves beyond the walls of congregations in roles such as a facilitator for the District of Columbia Center for the LGBT Community’s job club, Vice President of the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology (AACS), Managing Director of Interfaith Multicultural Community Ministries, and as an adjunct professor of sociology.


Since winning the Charles Billings Prize for Excellence in Preaching awarded by Meadville Lombard Theological School, Ebony has gone on a sermon tour each year with a new, enriching message for UU communities across the nation. Her 2024 sermon tour is “Black Moses: The Lay Community Ministry of Harriet Tubman.”


A life-long Unitarian Universalist from Maryland, she holds a B.A. in Sociology, a M.S. in Strategic Human Resources and Organization Development, and a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies (MALS) from Meadville Lombard Theological School. She completed her seminary internship at All Souls Church Unitarian in Washington, D.C. where she focused on adult spiritual development, social justice, and worship arts.


In her spare time, she enjoys writing poetry and stories. Her poems have been published in the 2021 inSpirit anthology and in the BLUU Notes: An Anthology of Love, Justice, and Liberation by Skinner House Books.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Masters of Arts in Leadership Studies (Meadville Lombard Theological School)

  • Masters of Science in Strategic Human Resources and Organization Development

  • Bachelors of Arts in Sociology, Law & Society minor

  • Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)

  • Clinical Sociologist and adjunct professor in Sociology

  • Recipient of The Charles Billings Prize in Preaching, 2022

  • Served as Chief Learning Officer at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA Fisheries)

  • Former Director of Human Resources at the Unitarian Universalist Association 

  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Strategist

  • Career & HR Consultant at Innovative Spirit

  • Lay Community Minister and member of UUSCM 

  • Serves the DC Center for LGBT's Job Club as a co-facilitator and Center Faith Center's Interfaith Resources

  • Managing Director of Interfaith Multicultural Community Ministries

  • Vice President of the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology (AACS)

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"The title of your sermon aligned with my emotions in the wake of the leaked Supreme Court (probable) decision, and I found it very insightful and moving. Certainly, I had often heard sermons about Howe's Mother's Day Proclamation but none with the urgency of this moment, or the broader point of view you gave. Thank you."


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Life-long Connection with liberal faith communities as a Unitarian Universalist:

I am not a late-in-life Unitarian Universalist convert. I grew up at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring where my father joined December 6, 1987, when I was 4 years old. I was also married there and continue to maintain my connection with the community. Currently I am a member of Paint Branch UU Church (PBUUC).

8th Principle Leadership:

I bring anti-racism and anti-oppression expertise to the table. I have been a dedicated student in the 8th Principle Learning Community since December 2019. Since then, I have attended Jubilee and New Day Rising anti-racism trainings. I am an advocate for the 8th Principle at Paint Branch UU where I’ve taught Adult Faith Development Classes and given sermons on 8th Principle topics. I led the strategy of the successful passing of the principle at the congregation.

Preaching Excellence:

You can be sure of an insightful and moving sermon and transformative worship service. I am an Award-winning preacher as affirmed by Meadville Lombard Theological School. In 2022, I was the recipient of The Charles Billings Prize in Preaching, which is given to one graduating student a year for excellence in preaching.

Bring Diversity to the Pulpit:

I bring my sociological perspective and lived experience as pansexual millennial, Black woman. As a clinical sociologist with a certificate in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace and work experience in inclusive workplace culture, I bring radical welcome and anti-oppression to the forefront from the lens of spiritual leadership. Prior to seminary, I supported diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility strategies within the federal government. I am a 2021 recipient of the UU Federation of Women Marjorie Bowens-Wheatley Scholarship Unitarian Universalist faith leaders, aspirants or ministerial candidates who identify as BIPOC women.

Expert Facilitating Instructor:

I’m a professor, serving as adjunct faculty in sociology at a college in Maryland. Prior to this I taught for 5 years at two other institutes of higher education in their general education and business departments. I began learning formal facilitation skills in 2004 while attending Johns Hopkins University where I earned a Master of Science in Strategic Human Resources and Organizational Development. I help facilitate career development through a spiritual career direction program offered through Innovative Spirit. I have also completed the UUA Adult Faith Formation Renaissance Module in 2022. I am a trained facilitator of the SACReD (Spiritual Alliance of Communities for Reproductive Dignity) curriculum where I support faith-based culture change to empower congregations to become loving, justice-seeking faith communities that fully support the fulfillment of reproductive moral agency and flourishing for all. Additionally, I am available for Young Adult and Adult Our Whole Lives (OWL) facilitation. Our Whole Lives is a lifespan sexuality education curriculum that helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their relationships, sexual health and behavior.

Administrative Leadership:

I’m a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) with over 20 years of expertise in organizational effectiveness, overseeing learning strategy, and change management. Through Innovative Spirit I offer human resources support for small liberal faith communities. I have also hired, fired, supervised others, participated in employment hearings, and served as a career services consultant. I am also a former Chief Learning Officer where I oversaw employee and leadership development for over 3,000 federal employees. Currently, I serve as the Director of Human Resources at a liberal, faith-based non-profit. I bring this knowledge with me while facilitating congregational staff training.

Lay and Spiritual Leadership:

I’ve served in various lay leadership roles, and I bring this perspective to lay leadership development. I have served on the board of trustees, multigenerational religious experience committee, as a YRUU youth advisor, worship associate, and diversity and anti-racism task force co-chair, and coffee committee. I have facilitated sessions and served as opening speaker for a UU women’s retreat. Additionally, I’ve created, participated in, and managed various leadership programs during my time as a federal employee. I have contributed a poem and reading to two Skinner House Books anthologies: the 2021 inSpirit “Shelter in Place” and the BLUU Meditation Manual. I completed my seminary internship at All Souls Church Unitarian in Washington, D.C. as their first A. Powell Davies intern where I focused on adult spiritual development, social justice, and worship arts. I am also a member of The Unitarian Universalist Society for Community Ministries (UUSCM). Finally, I earned a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies from Meadville Lombard Theological School.

Original Music:

When you book me for my latest tour or for an enrichment residency, I have original, prerecorded contemporary liberal faith music (videos) I can offer for worship and other events. Since I own the music, it saves time in securing permissions and provides a unique musical experience that relates to the theme.


Core Values

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Sunstone Chapel is named after the sunstone mineral.

The stone is traditionally representative of leadership, compassion, generosity, independence, vitality, and originality. Sunstone supports our spirits and bodies by heightening our intuition, instilling an easygoing and good-natured disposition, and alleviating fearfulness and stress. I covenant to do the same for UU and liberal faith communities I’m invited to work with. Four sunstones are imbedded into the chalice in my logo.

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